Friday, October 22, 1999
Selectmen on Bedford Rd. purchase
There are a handful of uses the town's leadership is considering as "general municipal purposes" for the former Saint Irene property at 72 Bedford Road. At a cost of $290,000 (the purchase price of $245,000 plus $20,000 for demolition and clean-up and another $25,000 for bonding, legal and accounting fees associated with the purchase) and the possibility of no immediate use, many townspeople are wondering what the selectmen have in mind.
Burt Rubenstein, the selectmen's representative to the municipal land committee (MLC), outlined the proposed uses at the board's meeting on October 12. These uses included affordable housing, elderly housing, parking and a community center. Rubenstein stressed the process the MLC used to reach this conclusion. He stated that the purchase of the Bedford Road property fits in with the MLC's long-range plan for town acquisitions. In preparing the plan, the MLC conducted a needs assessment for the next 20 years. The MLC then made a list of characteristics of all presently owned town land and matched the needs with parcels of compatible land, based on the characteristics survey. They determined that some municipal uses are inherently better for a town center location. Among the characteristics of the Bedford Road property, for example, are proximity to the center and a major thoroughfare.
The MLC will not be recommending a particular use, emphasized Rubenstein. It is their intention that any particular use will need to be voted on separately at a future Town Meeting.
© 1999 The Carlisle Mosquito